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Principal's Message

 Dear Parents:

 December is here, the weather is changing and soon the New Year will be upon us.  Students are working hard to achieve success and continue to be outstanding citizens.  We are very proud of all of our students who demonstrated that they are the “Best of the Beech”, by achieving Honor or Credit Roll for the first quarter.  They prepared, studied, and were able to achieve their academic goals.  That being said, please know that Interim Reports for the 2nd Quarter will be available in Home Access Center beginning on Thursday, December 21st.  If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s academic progress or need access to Home Access Center, please contact your child’s guidance office.

 As we continue to focus on safety, please know that students SHOULD NOT BE DROPPED OFF earlier than they should be, especially for our winter activities.  We want to ensure their safety and proper supervision at all times and are unable to do so when this occurs.  Many times, students are left waiting outside in the cold, and that is not fair to them.  If you need to drop your child off earlier, know that the Lakeland Children’s Center has a facility in our school that can assist you.  Since the weather is constantly changing, the staff at Lakeland Copper Beech kindly reminds parents to be sure that students are dressing appropriately for the weather conditions.  Students should be wearing coats, and we also encourage wearing hats and gloves as the days grow colder.  It can get cold very quickly outside as students wait for the 4:30 or 5:30 buses.

 As we move into 2018, let us continue to focus on our mission, vision, and core beliefs and provide students with opportunities to learn and succeed through promoting high standards in safe and secure environments.  We also encourage you to continue to be an active participant in your child’s education.  Please join our PTA or volunteer at our school’s events.  It is when we work together that our children succeed the most!

Finally, the Lakeland Copper Beech team would like to wish you and your family a wonderful and safe holiday.  Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year!  Please enjoy the time you will spend with your friends and family.

 All the best,
Robert Bergmann

 Important Dates

 Dec. 18      Ensemble/6th Grade Band (1/2)
                    LHS at 7:00 p.m.

 Dec. 19      6th Grade Band (1/2)
                    8th Grade Band
                    LHS at 7:00 p.m.

 Dec. 25—Jan. 1
                       Winter Recess
                       School Closed

Upcoming

 Jan. 9         PTA Meeting
                   7:00 p.m.

 Jan. 10    6th & 7th Grade Orchestras
                 WPHS at 7:00 p.m.

 Jan. 11    8th Grade Orchestra
                 WPHS at 7:00 p.m.

 Jan. 15    Dr. Martin Luther King Day
                 SCHOOLS CLOSED

 Classroom Happenings

*In Sixth Grade:  Technology classes Chrome Book rollout took place in mid-October, and the sixth grade students are now taking them back and forth to school and to classes.  Students are using them in a variety of ways:  they are involved in creating Google Slide presentations, research and note taking, as well as using them for some formative and summative assessments.  For example, one technology-infused Social Studies project involves creating a cooperative Google slides presentation of Ancient Sumer, in which the students must specifically identify and explain how the eight characteristics of an effective civilization were developed in ancient Mesopotamia.  We are learning that this ultimately allowed King Sargon to establish the very first empire in the history of the world! 

Sixth grade ELA classes have embarked upon the new fantasy novel, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians—The Lightning Thief”, and students will learn about “The Hero’s Journey”.  This “Journey” is an ancient story pattern that can be found in ancient texts from thousands of years ago or in new, current, Hollywood blockbuster movies such as Percy Jackson!  They will spend time exploring several literary elements of this story pattern and will be writing their own “Hero’s Journey” as a culminating activity.  ELA classes are also working on continuing to apply reading strategies to enhance comprehension as well as examining writing with a focus on grammar, usage, and mechanics—while developing and using complex sentences.  The students continue to enjoy their independent reading while exploring different genres and are completing reading logs and sharing book projects too. 

In 6th grade Social Studies classes, classes “traveled” from the Old and New Stone Ages through the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia and some have even reached Egypt!  Students were amazed to learn about the global impact of the Agricultural Neolithic Revolution as well as investigate the first village-like city of Catal Hoyuk.  They are learning about the contributions from these societies such as Cuneiform, the first form of writing and King Hammurabi’s first code of written laws.  Some classes are completing creative, beautiful cave paintings and making clay tablets too! 

In 6th grade Math classes, students are finishing up the Geometry unit while creating 3-D models to help learn more about solid figures.  They will be going into Ratios and Unit Rates shortly. 

Sixth grade Science classes completed Unit One, the Scientific Method and Variables and will be introducing the Science Showcase, for projects that will be shared, in March of 2018.  The students were given a timeline to organize and begin their planning and research.  They will also be starting the Phases of Matter soon.  

*Sixth and Seventh grade Computer Applications classes participated in The Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week which ran from December 4th—December 8th.  Both classes are now using Tynker as the platform for creating projects with code in the class.  Students are able to log into Tynker through the Google Classroom.  Please encourage your students to log in and show their work.  It should be an exciting unit, as they create and code different activities.  Mrs. Novak’s Computer classes started the second quarter with Digital Citizenship and learning ways to stay safe on-line.  Students will also be working on their typing skills in Typing Agent.  Mrs. Straub’s 6th and 7th grade Computer Applications classes also began the new quarter by focusing on Digital Citizenship and how to be safe on-line.  Students will continue to improve their keyboarding skills through the Typing Agent keyboarding program which they can access at home as well as through the district homepage.

*In Ms. Fox’s 7th grade Social Studies classes, the American Colonists are getting angrier at England, and the American Revolution should break out by Christmas!  Ms. Fox’s classes will also hold a mock trial of British Redcoats who were involved in the 1770 Boston Massacre.

*In Eighth Grade:  Math 8 is working on scientific notation and finishing up our laws of exponents unit with an assessment.  Classes will be moving onto Transformations.  Algebra 1 just finished an extensive word problem unit.  Classes are now working with Fractional and Literal Equations and will have taken an assessment.  They will be moving into Inequalities.  Science classes are working on Covalent Bonds, and Earth Science classes are focusing on Interior of the Earth.  English classes are finishing up “The Outsiders”.  In Social Studies, classes are in the Industrialization Unit.

*In Art classes:  Ms. Rosenkampff’s class finished up their Empty Bowl project.  Students made bowls that attendees were given to take home as a reminder of all the “empty bowls” in the world.  Her classes raised $137.00, and 180 lbs. of food was donated to the Food Bank.

In Mrs. Graessle’s art classes, 6th grade students are learning how to draw a city using a vanishing point and will have complete freedom on their final project.  They will be creating any scene they would like as long as it uses a vanishing point and fulfills requirements posted in class.  Seventh graders are in the midst of a clay unit.  Some seventh graders are creating a ceramic self-portrait in the style of Andy Warhol, while other classes are making a creative mug.  Photographs of completed work will be posted on Artsonia.com.

*In Family & Consumer Science classes:  Ms. Connors’ and Mrs. Scagnelli’s classes will be having a paper maker, Ms. Judy Hoffman, coming to work with their 6th and 7th grade students.  Through this process, they will discuss Resource Management and Consumerism.  Students will learn how paper is made and make a hand-bound booklet with the sheets they make.  Ms. Nastasi’s classes will begin sewing on Monday, December 18th.  Students:  please remember to have all necessary materials by then!  Ms. Nastasi’s 7th grade classes are beginning their Vacation Planning Project, as part of the Resource Management Unit.

*In Health classes:  Mrs. Bloom’s 7th grade classes are learning to use decision making skills and 8th graders are involved in goal setting activities.  The quarter will be filled with learning opportunities that will help us make good decisions now and when we are adults.  Mrs. Barone’s 7th graders developed a nutrition plan and learned about target heart rate.  Eighth graders learned a lot about substance abuse and completed DARE.

 ATTENDANCE OFFICE INFO.

Reminder to Parents:  please have your student bring their absence notes to the Main Office the day they return from an absence.  Please note that absences called in will still be considered unexcused until a note is received in the attendance office.  Unexcused absences will receive an automated phone call each day. 

Homework requests can be made through the Attendance Office after two (2) days of the student being absent.  Requests should be made by 10 a.m. in order to be able to pick up homework by 3:00 p.m. in your child’s Guidance Office.

On December 15th, senior citizens from the Lakeland community will spend an afternoon at Copper Beech!  This annual event is a coming together of the young and the young at heart of our community.  Students will be interviewing seniors from our community about the characteristics of positive citizenship. Citizenship is an important part of the LCSD’s Mission Statement and Core Beliefs.  This event is being run by our school’s Site Based and PBIS teams.  Seniors that will be visiting our school and joining our staff and students will be coming from the Yorktown Nutrition Center, Trump Park, and Seabury Assisted Living Center.  In addition to being interviewed, the seniors will be served lunch, and students will also be playing music for them.  This annual event has become a tradition at Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School.  It is sure to be a wonderful and exciting event!

 GIRLS SOCCER SEASON COMES TO AN END

The Girls Modified Soccer Team had a great 2017 season!

 The team played a total of 9 games and finished with 8 wins and 1 loss. They scored a total of 43 goals and had only 6 goals scored against them. Leading with 8 goals scored for the season was Sofia DiSisto followed by Lizzie Bergamini with 7. Suzy Conners and Lily  Merriam were amazing  goalies. Defense was held by: Kayla Guevara, Ella Yaeger, Elena Volpe, Brianna Scalzo, Jaelyn Helfrich, Meghan Greenwald, Giuliana Canova, Rhianna Candido, and Joanna Goldberg. The midfield was played by Tyler Hormazabal, Olivia Sutton, Anahit Cumbal, Ali Volpe, Molly Muller , Deanna Lage,  Valerie Abbate, and Lizzie Bergamini. The strikers up top were: Camille Zarranz, Makenzie Schmidt, Sofia Muccitelli, Sofia DiSisto, Brielle Cole, Sarah Chiulli, and Caitlain Carroll.

 Coach Puff would like to thank all the girls for their amazing effort this season, and wish those girls who will be playing in high school next fall the Best of Luck!!

Yearbook Orders

Order your 2017-2018 Copper Beech Yearbook on-line now!  Yearbooks can be purchased and personalized through the site.  Hold onto your confirmation as proof of purchase, and in June, you will have a wonderful yearbook to document memories from the middle school.  Prices will increase throughout the school year, so buy early and save!  Personalization can ONLY be done through the website, so order now with Jostens!  We look forward to your orders!  Additional order forms are available in each grade level office, as well as in the Main Office. You may order on-line at:

www.jostensyearbooks.com

Attention parents, family and friends of Copper Beech students!  This is your chance to put your thoughts, well wishes and feelings into words and pictures.  Yearbook recognition ads are a great way to commemorate student achievement and important milestones.  You can now place an ad on-line at www.gradad.com to be put into the Copper Beech yearbook.  All information needs to be put directly into the website and must be done and paid for in full by February 1, 2018. 

No exceptions!

 Nurses’ Notes

 Reminder:  any 7th grader who has had a physical exam with their health care provider should submit the exam to the Nurse’s Office as soon as possible, as required by New York State law.  Keep in mind that if a physical exam is not received by December 22, 2017, parents will be notified that an exam will be scheduled with the school’s district physician.

 Reminder to all Athletes:  if you would like to play a sport in school, a current physical exam is required to be on file in the Nurse’s Office.  Keep in mind that a physical exam is valid for one year from the date listed on the exam.  Vision and hearing are mandated requirements for sports participation.

 Scoliosis Screening:  New York State mandates that all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students attending public school be screened for scoliosis.  Scoliosis is the abnormal curve of the spine, and if left untreated, can cause future health problems.  If your child has had a physical exam with their health care provider, and if “Scoliosis” is marked on the exam, this will be acceptable.

News from our Student Assistance Counselor

December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month. In the past couple of years there have been several tragic drinking and driving accidents, which resulted in the death of several children. Did you know Diane Schuler drove the wrong way down the Taconic Parkway killing eight people, four of whom were children? How about Carmen Hueras, who drove intoxicated with seven elementary school girls to a slumber party, killing one child and injuring several others? Parents often reflect on these incidents asking, “Why didn’t my child call me? Why did they get into the car?”

 As parents, we tell our children not to get in a car with a drunk driver. However, we also tell them to respect their elders. It isn’t easy for kids to tell an adult that they don’t want to get into the car with them. Often  kids feel powerless, or that they don’t have a choice. In order to help our children avoid getting into a car with a drunk driver, we need to teach them the skills to do so. The first thing to do is to talk to your child and come up with a safety plan. Here are a few suggestions:

 *DEVELOP A CODE LANGUAGE. Develop some key words or phrases that will alert you to the danger your child is in without those he/she is with knowing. For example, if you get a phone call from your child saying, “I forgot to feed the dog today,” this will indicate that your child is at risk and needs a safe ride home. Your response could be, “your dad/mom is very sick and I need to come pick you up right away, where are you?”

 *FAKE AN ILLNESS. If you child has already gotten into the car with the intoxicated adult and is worried, they can say, “I think I am going to throw up.” No on drunk or sober wants vomit in their car! When the child gets out of the car, they can either call you or 911.

 *BUCKLE UP TIGHT. If the child finds that the person driving won’t pull over, remind your child to buckle up tight and say they feel nauseous with the hope that the person behind the wheel will at least drive slowly. Nowadays with our technology, your child can text you to indicate they are not safe and you can track where exactly they are to notify the police.

It is important to always have a safe ride home, so you are not putting your kids or others at risk. Leandra’s Law states that it is an automatic felony in New York State on the first offense to drive drunk with a person age 15 or younger inside the vehicle.

 If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at (914) 245-1885 ext. 39965 or email me at abaynes@lakelandschools.org.

 I wish you a happy and safe holiday season!

Aisling Baynes
Student Assistance Counselor